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Torness power station

Torness is a nuclear power station on the east coast of Scotland, 33 miles east of Edinburgh. It is capable of supplying electricity to over 2 million UK homes.

Friday 2 February 2024

Apprentice Information Day

Come find out more about our Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme at our Information Day on Friday, 2 February 2024. A team from the station will be able to tell you more about life as an apprentice and to answer your questions. The sessions will be held in the Visitor Centre. There are two sessions: 14:00 and 16:00.

Since 1988 Torness has generated over 290TWh of zero carbon electricity

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Enough to power every home in Scotland for 29 years

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Avoiding 101m tonnes of CO2 emissions*

Like taking every car off Scotland's roads for more than 20 years

*when compared to direct emissions of combined cycle gas turbines | all figures rounded to the nearest hundred thousand

About Torness

  • Station Director: Paul Forrest
  • Reactor type: 2 Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors
  • Total supply to the national grid: 1190 MW
  • Coolant: Carbon dioxide gas (CO2)
  • Start of construction: 1980
  • Start of generation: 1988
  • Estimated end of generation: 2028
  • People: Approximately 550 full time EDF employees plus over 180 full time contract partners
  • Daily plant status - find out which reactors at our nuclear power stations are in service and what they are generating (data updated on weekdays)

Have you ever wondered about nuclear power’s carbon footprint?

A new analysis of Torness' lifecycle has revealed the carbon impacts are not what you might expect.


News from Torness

April 09, 2024

Torness power station maintenance boosts local business

A programme of work is underway at Torness power station bringing a boost to the East Lothian economy.
Torness workers beach cleaning
March 01, 2024

Torness workers carry out local beach clean

A group of workers from Torness power station came together recently to carry out a beach clean.  
Nuclear engineers at Heysham power station
January 09, 2024

Investment boost to maintain UK nuclear output at current levels until at least 2026

EDF plans to invest a further £1.3billion in the UK’s five generating nuclear power stations over 2024-26, taking the total invested in the fleet to nearly £9billion since 2009.

Visit Torness power station

Torness visitor centre has an interactive exhibition to help visitors learn about nuclear power generation, alongside a classroom facility.

  • Tours take around 1.5 hours and can be pre-booked for free at least 3 weeks in advance. Minimum age is 8 years-old.
  • Trained station guides accompany the tours which include the reactor viewing gallery and the turbine hall.
  • All tours include a safety and security briefing and relevant Personal Protective equipment.
  • The centre has been awarded five stars by Visit Scotland for its standard of customer care and range of facilities. 

Opening Hours

We are open Monday to Thursday 09:00 – 16:00. For now we can only accommodate large groups on a Monday (maximum size of 20).

Whilst we welcome drop-in visitors please be aware that the Centre will be closed if we are out on a tour.

Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions about the visitor centre, or about taking a tour, please check our FAQs or contact our visitor centre co-ordinator:

Telephone: 01368 873909
Address: Torness power station, Dunbar, East Lothian. EH42 1QS

Torness nuclear power station

Contact Torness

EDF Torness power station
Torness, Dunbar
East Lothian EH42 1QS

Reception: +44 (0)1368 873000

Media requests:
Fiona McCall / 07813 232 347

Community requests: 
Ashleigh Dickson / 01368 873 000


EDF hold regular meetings (Local Liaison Council or LLC) with local people, the media, council and emergency services representatives and local politicians to maintain regular communications about the nuclear site. 

Torness annual LLC meeting minutes April 2023

Next meeting:

  • The next LLC Annual Meeting will be held on 6 March 2024 from 10:00 – 12:00

Safety and reporting

Our number one priority is safety. Find out about our ​​​​​​​commitment to Zero Harm.

How we generate our power

As Britain's biggest generator of zero carbon electricity(1) we generate power from wind + nuclear + solar.

Nuclear engineer on site at nuclear power station using tablet

Careers at EDF

Interested in working at EDF? Find out about our graduate programmes, apprenticeships, internships and current vacancies.